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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

PAC MEETING AGENDA for Wed. Dec 3, 2014 at 6pm

Below you will find the agenda for today's PAC Meeting at 6pm.  It will be held in the staff room or the library.  Child care provided in the gym.  I apologize for the delay in getting it out!

Thank you to everyone who came out last night to the meeting with Scott Robinson, Associate Superintendent.

  ~ Angela Wong-Moon


1. Welcome

2. Adopt previous meeting minutes

3. VP Report - Lorraine may not be there if she isn't feeling well

4. Financial Report

5. Committees
        - Kitchen
        - Garden
        - Movie Night
        - Fundraising & Grants
        - Sustainability
        - Activities

6. Spending Requests & Allocations

7. Other Business - Talk about choosing a DPAC Representative

8. Next Meeting - January 2015

9. Adjourn

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

** IMPORTANT MEETING - Tuesday, December 2nd from 6 - 7:30pm **

Please come out and show your support for Garibaldi Annex!!

The PAC has arranged a meeting with Scott Robinson, Associate Superintendent, Vancouver Board of Education so that parents can ask questions about the recent changes to the school and how they envision the future of Garibaldi Annex.  We really feel the need to assure families that Garibaldi is not slated for closure.  The rumours are still circulating which strongly affects our enrolment.

It is taking place on Tuesday, December 2nd at LORD NELSON's library from 6-7:30pm. Childcare will be provided.

If you have a pressing question, please let us know ahead of time so we can make sure we have time to answer it.  You can tell a PAC member or there is a poster board up at the school along the wall by Mrs. Rosatti's classroom for you to write your questions down.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

FREE Parent Presentation on Technology and Parenting at AR Lord

December 8th 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary Library

FREE Parent Presentation on Technology and Parenting

Alexandra Wilson works with the School Age Children and Youth (SACY) prevention initiative, a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health and the Vancouver School Board. SACY works to support families, students and school communities to support youth in making healthy decisions in all areas of their lives.

As children move into the pre-teen and teen years, their changing minds and bodies can impact all areas of life. What does this have to do with technology? With parenting? Come out and explore how development, parenting, and technology can work together. We’ll discuss:
·   What’s going on with technology use? How much is too much?
·   What does a balanced lifestyle look like for teens? For parents?
·   Having the conversation with youth

PLEASE RSVP to to reserve a space. Seating is limited.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Living Christmas trees from TreeKeeper

Are you dreaming of a Green Christmas? Make it happen by buying a living TreeKeepers Holiday Tree.

They have four species:

'Rainbow's End ' White Spruce | 5-gallon | $15
'Baby Blue' Colorado Spruce | 5-gallon | $15
Douglas-fir | 5-gallon | $15
Norway Spruce | 10-gallon | $30

You must pre-order your tree through their website, then tell them where/when you would like to pick it up:
Saturday, Dec. 6, 10-11:30am, Kitsilano Community Centre
Sunday, Dec. 14, 10-11:30am, Trout Lake Community Centre

These are outdoor trees you may bring inside to decorate for the festivities. Just don't leave them in a warm room for too long or they're break dormancy and start to put on new growth that won't be happy once you return them to the cold. More info here on indoor tree care.

After the holidays, plant your Holiday Tree outside in the yard or a balcony container. (More info on the tree species and sizes can be found on our website).

If you lack space for an evergreen at home, consider buying a native tree and planting it with the TreeKeepers in a New Year Planting Party in a beautiful urban forest.

Please share this with family and friends and thanks for helping grow the urban forest. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Want more gymnastic programs in East Van?

Cameron Stevenson, the founder and lead coach of the Britannia Community Center gymnastics program, is hoping to have a permanent space dedicated for his program during the planning for the Britannia Center renewal.
His gymnastics program and Circus West gymnastics are the only programs of this kind in East Vancouver and the demand is so high that Cameron's classes fill up 3 minutes after registration opening. Class availability is limited because of space and set up requirements issues. Since Cameron has not permanent space, he needs to set up and clear all of his equipment before and after each class session.

If you would like to add your voice of support to Cameron's petition for a permanent space for the program, please follow this link.

Petition for dedicated gymnastics space in Britannia CC

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Poinsettias and Planters Garibaldi Fundraiser

A Garibaldi Poinsettia & Tropical Planter Fundraiser

A perfect holiday gift or festive decoration for your home!

$12 for 6.5” Premium Poinsettia
$30 for a 10" Holiday Tropical Planter

Get your Order forms here. One will also be sent home with your child.

Return your order forms with payment to the front office.

Order deadline: November 24, 2014

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Thanks from the
Garibaldi Pac


Please bring all your used winter clothing/gear to the school this week to donate to the Winter Clothing Swap organized by the Sustainability Committee!

You can bring boots, coats, ski/snowsuits, skates, gloves, hats, scarves, etc.

The items will be put out each morning and after school for parents to take what they need and leave any items they would like to donate.

This has been a great event in past years so please look through your closets and donate.  All items left at the end of the week will be donated to the YWCA Crabtree Corner.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

FREE Parent Seminar at AR Lord

November 20th 7:15-8:30
FREE Parent Seminar and Question Period with Kristina Spring
Drug and Alcohol Youth Worker

Drug and alcohol youth worker Kristina Spring has over 20 years of experience working with youth in Vancouver. On Thursday, November 20th she will be facilitating an evening on talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol. Topics will include how to talk in an open and meaningful way to your children, what are the current concerns specifically for youth today and how can we prepare our kids for making good choices in the future. Don't wait until high school to start the conversation with your kids.

Please RSVP to the PAC email account at if you wish to attend the presentation as seating will be limited.

Monday, November 3, 2014

PAC Meeting Agenda for Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6pm


1. Adopting minutes of October 8th Meeting

2. VP Report

3. Financial Update

4. Spending Requests

5. Committee Updates
     - Kitchen
     - Garden
     - Movie Night
     - Fundraising
     - Sustainability

6. Special Meetings
     - Scott Robinson, Associate Superintendent
     - Mette Hamaguchi, Principal of Lord Nelson Elementary
     - Learning Services - upstairs in Garibaldi

7. Additional Business

8. Meeting Adjournment - next meeting December 3rd

Monday, October 6, 2014

PAC MEETING/EXECUTIVE ELECTIONS - Wednesday, October 8th at 6pm

PLEASE JOIN US this Wednesday, October 8th at 6pm in the school for our first Parent Advisory Council Meeting.

During this first PAC Meeting, we will hold the Annual General Meeting and the PAC Executive Elections for the 2014/15 school year.

Your support is appreciated so we hope to see you there!